Punta Gorda Historic Mural Society Inc
PO BOX 510506
PUNTA GORDA FL 33951-0506

Our Mission: Preserve the rich history of the Punta Gorda area through the beauty of mural art.

Our Vision: Position Punta Gorda as a major Mural City and destination location for visitors, tourists, etc. while educating the Community about our history.

Our Values:

  • Quality – Professionally create and maintain our mural art.
  • Integrity – Perform extensive research to ensure accurate depiction of our history.
  • Education – Create an educational vehicle for children, students and adults to learn about art and our history.
  • Collaboration – Partner with other Community organizations to expand the impact of our efforts.

Established in 1994, the Punta Gorda Historic Mural Society (PGHMS) is a non-profit, 501c(3) organization managed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors.  With strong Community support the PGHMS has created 30 murals throughout our city.

CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Kelly Gaylord
Board Chair Affiliation Community Volunteer
General Info
Organization DBA
Punta Gorda Mural Society
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1995
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Mar 2018
State Registration Yes Mar 2018
Financial Summary
IRS Letter of Determination
PGHMS - IRS 501 (c) (3) LetterView
Impact Statement
  • Continue to teach the "History of Punta Gorda Seen through it's Murals" class in conjunction with FGCU.  This class presents the rich history of our area as depicted in our historical murals and received high attendance throughout the year.
  • Increased awareness of the Mural Society by greatly increasing LIKEs on Facebook, and expanding our Walking Mural Tour program to private groups.
  • Creation and dedication of the "Our First Firehouse" mural located on the walls of Fire Station #1 in Punta Gorda.
  • Continue to provide our Mural Walking Tour Program in conjunction with FGCU. 
  • Continued mural restoration and maintenance program that included restoration of 2 major murals, cleaning, caulking and resealing necessary murals.
  • Continue to support, in conjunction with 2 other Mural Cities, the Florida Mural Trail website.  This website highlights the Mural Cities throughout Florida and provide visitors with a map showing a driving trail to visit each one.
  • Recruit new Board members - several Board members relocated out of state leaving openings on the Board.
  • Develop and implement a plan to incorporate the educational benefit of our mural art & area history into the existing K-12 curriculum thus providing a key learning aid for classrooms and projects.  The first step of this program was the creation of our Firehouse Mural.
  • Continue to expand the number of murals capturing even more history through this art form.
  • Raise the funds needed to repair the wall and repaint the "Developing Minds & Bodies" Mural.
Needs Statement
  1. Funds are needed for a major educational mural project.  Our Harborwalk Mural will capture the vast array of marine life that existed in Charlotte Harbor from the early years to present day.  This mural will encourage education of our past as well as continuing and future conservation.  (Approximate Cost $35,000).
  2. Fund are needed for the replacement of our "Developing Minds and Bodies" Mural which has deteriorated over the years.  Adorning the walls of the New Operations Cooper Street Rec Center, this mural captures the history of this vital organization and facility.  (Approximate Cost $30,000).
Background Statement

The Punta Gorda Historic Mural Society (PGHMS) started with Dr. Robert Andrews’ dream to feature historic and educational murals around the City of Punta Gorda.  Dr. Andrews contacted the Punta Gorda Business Alliance (forerunner of the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce) in 1993 for help in promoting the idea.  The proposal was an instant hit and a committee was formed.

Through a lot of effort and support, the PGHMS was organized in late 1994 and approved to operate as a 501c(3) non-profit organization.   Plans began for the first mural location, theme and artist selection.

The large wall on the south end of what was once the Punta Gorda Mall, located at 115 Tamiami Trial (US 41-North) was identified as a potential site.  With support from the mall owner painting by the local artist Tom Graham began in January 1995.  The mural was finished in September and the dedication took place on October 11, 1995.  With the first mural completed, the PGHMS was off and running.

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Charlotte
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Secondary Org Type Education
Tertiary Org Type Community Improvement, Capacity Building
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
The historic murals spur interest in the area and lead the viewer to ask "What's the story behind this mural?".  The mural art also attracts tourists to the area promoting Punta Gorda as a destination spot for visitors.
The Board of Directors has a strong sense of community and always seeks project input and consensus from agencies representing the populous:  Historic Preservation Advisory Board, Team Punta Gorda, Punta Gorda History Center, Punta Gorda Historical Society, and City Council.   This consensus is imperative to creating well received and high quality works of art.

In 2016 the Mural Society developed a 1.5 hour class that presented the murals in chronological order based on the history depicted in each mural.  The class was quickly expanded to 2.5 hours and now covers all 30 murals and over 450 years of local history.  The class is taught at the local FGCU campus in downtown Punta Gorda.

The Class helps to education the community and visitors about the Mural Society while presenting the rich history of the area. 

Budget $500
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other History & Historical Programs
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Short Term Success

The class has been and continues to be very successful, with class sizes from 10-35 per session.  These steady attendance numbers reflect the interest in and the quality of the class and Mural program.

Long Term Success

The class provides the detailed background and mission of the Mural Society.  Students often request to be added to the Mural Society's enewsletter and are given contribution envelopes to use then or in the future.  This connects them to the ongoing work and projects.  Many end up becoming donors.

Program Success Monitoring

The Mural Society is given the results from each classes survey.  Contribution envelopes received after the class attest to the success of the class and interest in supporting our programs.

Program Success Examples

Since beginning this class in 2015, student feedback has been consistently positive.  Our enewsletter distribution list has grown with each class and we average 3-4 donors per class. 


During season (January - March) the Mural Society offers 1-2 hour Walking Tours of the downtown murals through our local FGCU campus as well as to private organizations.  The history of the Mural Society, it's operations and the history depicted in each mural is presented.

Budget $500
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Artists' Services
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Short Term Success

The tours offered through FGCU are typically sold out well in advance and we average 5-6 private organization tours per season.  Private organizations reach us through our website.

Long Term Success  The long term goal of this program is to educate the community about the Mural Society and our rich local history.  By doing so, the community becomes educated and more supportive of the organization through fundraising event participation and donations.
Program Success Monitoring

Tour guides monitor the feedback from the participants during the tour and provide readouts to the BOD.

Program Success Examples

The offered tours (FGCU) consistently sell out and the number of private organization tours are increasing each year.  Donations taken during the tour bring an average of $600 to the organization each year.

Program Comments by Organization

CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email kgaylord320@gmail.com
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 25
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A
  • Punta Gorda Historical Society
  • Punta Gorda History Center
  • Charlotte County Historical Center
  • Charlotte County Arts & Humanities
  • Punta Gorda Visual Arts Center
  • Team Punta Gorda
  • Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association
  • Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce
  • Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 2
Strategic Plan Adopted Oct 2017
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Policies and Procedures No
Board Chair
Board Chair Kelly Gaylord
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Term Jan 2018 to Dec 2020
Board Chair Email kgaylord320@gmail.com
Board Members
Board Members
Dr. Robert Andrews Chairman Emeritus
Debby Carey Community Volunteer
Kelly Gaylord Community Volunteer
Mary Mazur Community Volunteer
Frank Mazur Community Volunteer
Kelly-Ann Munroe Community Volunteer
Carol Nielsen Community Volunteer
Bry Phipps Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau
Marque Lynn Raposa Community Volunteer
Libby Schaefer Community Volunteer
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 2
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Board Meeting Attendance % 74
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Governance Comments by Organization

We  lost two Board members in the fall of 2017 due to relocation and over-commitment.  We have successfully added 1 new member.

We continue to actively seek additional Board members.

Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Start Month Jan
Fiscal Year Start Day 01
Fiscal Year Begins 2018
Fiscal Year End Month Dec
Fiscal Year End Day 31
Fiscal Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $52,830.00
Projected Expenses $69,700.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
Organization has Endowment No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$48,058$0$17,100
Administration Expense$4,024$4,640$8,462
Fundraising Expense$313$1,233$100
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.272.990.42
Program Expense/Total Expenses92%0%67%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%7%1%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$69,010$0$0
Current Assets$69,010$0$0
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$69,010$0$0
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $45,738Contributions, gifts, grants $11,231Contributions, gifts, grants $10,770
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFederated Campaigns $17,797Fundraising $6,296Investment Income $27
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $3,039Other $290 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%----
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information is taken from compilations as the organization filed Federal Form 990-N with the IRS.
Nonprofit Punta Gorda Historic Mural Society Inc
Address PO BOX 510506
PUNTA GORDA , FL 33950 0506
Phone 941 979-2786